Deathstroke #31

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Carlo Pagulayan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 2, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 17
8.2Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

"DEATHSTROKE VS. BATMAN" part two! The war between Deathstroke and Batman escalates when the Dark Knight foils one of Deathstroke's assassination attempts! Meanwhile, a mysterious package brings Commissioner Gordon to Bruce Wayne's doorstep, and Adeline Kane - Slade Wilson's ex - sets her sights on Batman!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown May 4, 2018

    Overall I'd say Deathstroke #31 was a good read! It seems that the paternity of Damian is really in question here, and while Slade is denying it–Batman wants answers! Priest gives us a startling revelation at the end of the book that makes me eager to read the next issue. I have to admit one thing–Talia al Ghul has a real particular taste in men! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 2, 2018

    Priest has set up a cool twist on the spy vs. spy dynamic and inserted Batman and Deathstroke in the mix. Its a formula that a lot of writers probably couldnt pull off, but Priest is making this an incredibly fun arc that has me eagerly awaiting the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroic Hollywood - Louis Otero May 2, 2018

    The final panels of this issue make for a very enticing cliffhanger. You will be begging to see how Deathstroke retaliates. As this arc approaches its midpoint, attacks like these will need to escalate. The fight must become more personal. If it does, we could very well be reading the definitive tale of these two characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White May 8, 2018

    The running joke in this issue about Bruces overly-complicated explanations for how he figured things out as a cover for actually very simple processes was comedic gold that deserves to be applied to a regular Batman book. If Priest is so inclined, Id welcome him on any Bat-Family book he wanted to write. That is, in no way, a knock on King or Tynion IV, both of whom I think are doing a marvelous job, but Im ready to see Priest move in and shake things up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given May 4, 2018

    Pagulayan, Viacara, Hama and Paz have crafted a mini master piece here and their panels really bring the characters to life in a special way. The female Russian Agent looks a lot like actress Scarlett Johansen, I don't know if that was a conscious effort or not but it did provide a chuckle on my part and the noir atmosphere (have I ever mentioned that I love noir, lol) brings a certain depth to the proceedings. Highlights include the opening plane crash and Batman's first appearance, but is it Batman? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 2, 2018

    It's another great chapter in a run that's quickly turning into one of Priest's masterworks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers May 2, 2018

    Overall, despite some less-than-clear plotting, this is still one of the best single issues of a comic DC will put out this month. Priest is an A-list writer, and he is proving it with his recent comeback. If the first two chapters of this arc are any indication, this will become a legendary Batman/Deathstroke story before all is said and done. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Matt Granberry May 2, 2018

    All in all this issue will leave you counting down the seconds until the next one because the story delivers 100% on intrigue, anticipation, and just good old entertainment. The art is, in a word, beautiful. Its just looks beautiful and it will capture the reader's eye from beginning to end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 3, 2018

    Deathstroke #31 continues the explosive beginning of Deathstroke vs Batman with an action-packed issue that shows the various ways these two men can and, possibly will, destroy one another. The artistic team contribute some phenomenal work to this book, and the overall product follows up on the previous installment excellently. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray May 4, 2018

    We're a third of the way in, and I'm loving it. It's great when a team of creators gets two of the best characters in DC Comics today, and gives them a story worthy of their status. The stakes are high, the emotions real, and the action high octane. As for that cliffhanger". Things are going to get REAL in chapter three. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame May 2, 2018

    Aside from some minor pacing issues, it's an excellent read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller May 4, 2018

    Kicking the action and stakes up several notches, new pieces place themselves on the board in the game between Batman and Deathstroke. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill May 4, 2018

    Priest has found two characters as calculating and brilliant as he is. Two unbeatable characters collide, and I have no idea how it will end. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Connor Willesden May 3, 2018

    The characterization of Batman and Robin in this issue was massively off, but otherwise it's a good issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart May 3, 2018

    Preist is a stellar writer, but as a single issue Deathstroke #31 feels a little impenetrable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg May 2, 2018

    When all is said and done, Deathstroke #31 is a solid issue for most readers. It's exciting artistically and narratively, and is able to overcome its flaws because of that. Priest is building an arc that's meaningful for the characters here without fan servicing, and that alone is reason to give it a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws May 2, 2018

    After a surprisingly compelling opening chapter, “Deathstroke vs. Batman” returns with a decidedly more muted response. While by no means bad, the story is starting to take on some of the more difficult traits inherent in Priest's storytelling: namely, an attitude that is maybe too pithy and irreverent, and a non-linear structure that doesn't always benefit the plot. While there are several moments of inspiration, and I'm still glad the story isn't just a series of fights and flexing machismo, I'm less invested now than I was at the end of the premiere chapter. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 2, 2018

    I love Priest's Deathstroke and crave a good in-continuity Batman story, but so far, I am not fully sold on Deathstroke vs Batman.  The story feels scattered so far and Priest's Batman/Bruce Wayne rubs me the wrong way.  Still, we get some good detective work, action-packed art and a crazy cliffhanger that makes me look forward to next issue.  Maybe I expect more from Priest but so far, he is letting me down a bit. Read Full Review

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